Ever since Columbus came this way in 1492, the Bahamas’ strategic location between Europe, the Caribbean and North America have made it a magnet for the outlaws of the high seas. From the late 1600s to the early 1700s The Bahamas were a haven for pirates and government sanctioned privateers. They preyed on Spanish galleons laden with gold from the New World and left behind tales of ruin, revelry and buried treasure.
A century later, during the American Civil War, the Bahamas prospered as a center of Confederate blockade-running. Then, in the 1920s during Prohibition, the Islands once again served as a base for modern pirates known as “rum-runners.” That’s also when Deadman’s Reef most likely earned its name for the perilous task of putting ashore on The Grand Bahama Island’s West End in the dead of night.